The Invention of Law in the West

Aldo Schiavone (Author) Jeremy Carden (Translator)
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Belknap Press
Publish Date
January 01, 2012
6.68 X 1.62 X 9.49 inches | 2.43 pounds
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About the Author

Aldo Schiavone is the author of Spartacus and was a professor of Roman law at the Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane, which he founded. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he lives in Rome.
Jeremy Carden lived in Italy from 1987 to 2014. Now based in the UK, he works as a freelance translator.

Antony Shugaar's recent translations include A Pimp's Notes by Giorgio Faletti, The Nun by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, Bandit Love by Massimo Carlotto, and Sandokan by Nanni Balestrini, for which he received an NEA translation fellowship. He lives with his family in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Everyone recognizes that during the early Roman Empire law emerged as a professionalized and vital part of statecraft, but few understand the wrenching intellectual controversy that accompanied the transformation. Aldo Schiavone's terrific book brings this historic debate into dazzling focus.--Bruce Frier, University Michigan
The wide sweep and deeply humanistic approach of The Invention of Law in the West--with its emphasis on the primary sources and concise critical synthesis of much previous scholarship--make this ambitious volume perhaps the best attempt yet by any scholar to animate the venerable yet highly complex, technically demanding and intellectually isolated field of Roman law for a wider readership...It indisputably marks a new and welcome opening in its field.-- (12/21/2012)